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Flaring sides, tapering bevels and asymmetrical corners make these mid-century modern style frames perfect for wacky photos or jazzing up a wall. They’re surprisingly easy to make and just as easy to modify. Flare only the top, for example or flare both sides toward the bottom. Alter the flares’ pitch. Change the bevel angles. Change the width of the frame pieces or the size of the opening. You can these frames using only a tablesaw and bandsaw, but the job will go faster if you also have a miter saw, jointer and router table.

Start Square

Believe it or not, each of these frames starts out as a plain rectangular frame with a wide bevel around the opening. You can buy such a frame (watch out for metal fasteners at the miters) and skip to the next section, or build your own frame. The frames shown here are sized for 12″ x 14″ images—or 8″ x 10″ images surrounded by 2″ matts. To build one of these frames, you’ll need two pieces of 3/4″ x 3″ x 40″ stock.


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